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Re: Agree with both Nancy and Nicole.

Posted by Robin B. on 3/01/00 at 00:00 (016641)

Let me second what Nicole said -- and definitely champion Nancy's position.

I am getting tired of the subtle (and not so subtle) commercialism of this board. The lack of commercialism was one of the main attractions here for me when I first started, back in November 1998. I also have osteoarthritis in my hands and feet and I used to visit one or two arthritis boards -- but I have since left one because the commercialism was overwhelming. I do hope that won't happen to this Web site and message board.

Here are a couple of personal opinions, for what they are worth. 1) I am tired of reading about the Personal Foot Trainer. Lately it's all over this board and I agree -- one $30 product is not a panacea for everyone. I know Scott said that Mike and Alan would be allowed more than the 6 advertisements per year he gives other advertisers, but Mike's product is pervasive and inescapable lately.

2) I think it's misrepresentational for a person to be on this board for several months as a poster and to become familiar and friendly with many people here -- and then to suddenly emerge with an 'invention' or 'product' to remedy plantar fasciitis. I'm not questioning anyone's motives. We all know what pain feels like and we all would like to rid ourselves of it any way possible. I'm sure if there WERE one product that could do it, we'll all buy 5 of them. I'm also sure that any inventors out there are genuinely trying to devise something that will ease the pain and, even more importantly, correct the problem. BUT -- the bottom line remains: If a person has been on this board for three, four, five months or longer and then suddenly has a product to sell -- that person stands to gain financially from the relationships he or she has developed here and certainly has an advantage over other 'vendors' or 'suppliers' who might want to market products via this board without having been a poster and participant. My own personal feeling is that when someone stands to gain financially from advocating or promoting a product, or their own product, it should be in every post, not just the first post. Mike's many posts about the Personal Foot Trainer make it sound as if this was something that worked for him -- but something in which he has no financial stake whatsoever. That's misrepresentation.



Re: Agree with both Nancy and Nicole.

john a on 3/01/00 at 00:00 (016649)

Your point #2 struck me as applying more to alan k than to mike w. Was this your intent? I don't recall mike w posting prior to his offering his pft device (I'm probably wrong). But alan k was an overwhelming presence here prior to his springing his forthcoming FootMonkey device announcement, which surprised the hell out of me. I too am a little suspicious of such a progression of events.

However, the other side of the coin is that if a poster has gained knowledge and insight into the causes and possible cures of PF by interacting and dialoging with other PF sufferers here on the board, then it may very well be that they will be offering a better product because of it. I prefer to chalk it up to good marketing and perhaps better customer relations, rather than subterfuge and deceipt.

Finally, no one is forced to purchase anything. We are (mostly) all adults here. Personally, I would rather hear about more possible products and solutions than fewer (not that in my case anything has really been of much help!)


Re: Agree with both Nancy and Nicole.

john a on 3/01/00 at 00:00 (016649)

Your point #2 struck me as applying more to alan k than to mike w. Was this your intent? I don't recall mike w posting prior to his offering his pft device (I'm probably wrong). But alan k was an overwhelming presence here prior to his springing his forthcoming FootMonkey device announcement, which surprised the hell out of me. I too am a little suspicious of such a progression of events.

However, the other side of the coin is that if a poster has gained knowledge and insight into the causes and possible cures of PF by interacting and dialoging with other PF sufferers here on the board, then it may very well be that they will be offering a better product because of it. I prefer to chalk it up to good marketing and perhaps better customer relations, rather than subterfuge and deceipt.

Finally, no one is forced to purchase anything. We are (mostly) all adults here. Personally, I would rather hear about more possible products and solutions than fewer (not that in my case anything has really been of much help!)